'People in rural Ireland deserve proper mobile phone service'
Published 17/10/2016 | 16:35
TD hits out at damming mobile coverage stats, as new report says much of rural Ireland has 'unacceptable' service
A recent international mobile operator survey has shown that in some parts of rural Ireland as few as 25% of users have what they would consider an acceptable service.
P3's research, consisting of thousands of voice and data tests in cities, towns and main roads, claims there are differences of up to 60pc in the quality being experienced by mobile users, depending on their operator.
In towns such as Kilkenny, Portlaoise, Mullingar and Westport, as little as 25pc of some operators' users are experiencing proper mobile voice coverage.
And up to two-thirds of some operators' users are getting sub-par data quality on the country's main arterial road routes.
'Mobile phone service is not acceptable'
Roscommon/East Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice said he says he knows from his own area and from the many people who contact him on a daily basis that the mobile phone service in many rural areas is not acceptable and in some cases is non existent.
“I note that this research was carried out in cities and along the main roads throughout the country.